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Moody’s downgraded China’s debt rating from Aa3 (S&P: AA-) to A1 (S&P: A+) in May 2017, given widespread expansion of debt in addition to its expectation of slowing economic growth. Separately, Chinese regulators recently passed a law requiring commercial banks to incorporate proper risk management, governance, and other informational reporting related to loan collateral. These developments—and the growth in off-balance sheet financing in the country—are important indicators that suggest credit risks are expanding in China.

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Sears Holdings’ (NYSE: SHLD) financial condition appears more challenged than ever given its mounting debt load, shrinking asset portfolio, and ongoing operating losses. While Sears’ management stated it is seeking $1.25 billion in annualized cost reductions, it’s unclear if the company can actually reduce its large cash burn so significantly. Given the unstable financial picture, now is an important time to evaluate the company’s liquidity, particularly regarding merchandise payables.

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SolarWorld AG (ETR: SWVK), one of the largest German-based solar product manufacturers, recently filed for insolvency. Management announced that this unfortunate outcome resulted from ongoing product price erosion, coupled with its cumbersome debt load.

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Retailers across the board are still under tremendous pressure as consumers shift toward online shopping. Stores saddled with considerable leverage, like Sears Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: SHLD), Bon-Ton Stores (Nasdaq: BONT), and The Gymboree Corporation, are facing even greater headwinds than most. In fact, retail bankruptcies recently hit their highest level since the last economic recession, and this problem isn’t going away anytime soon.

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